Food service inspections for Dec. 26-Jan. 2
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The Victoria City-County Health Department Environmental Health Division inspects places where food is served in Victoria, DeWitt, Jackson and Calhoun counties.
In the inspection reports, each violation in the Food Temperature/Time Requirements category is 5 demerits; in the Personnel/Handling/Source Requirements category, 4 demerits; and in the Facility and Equipment Requirements, 3 demerits. Zero is a perfect score, while 100 demerits is the worst possible score.
Each Wednesday, the Advocate publishes inspection results from the previous week. All demerits are reported, but only those in the categories of Food Temperature/Time Requirements and Personnel/Handling/Source Requirements are detailed.
FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING JAN. 4:
La Terraza Mexican Grill, 300 N. U.S. Highway 77A, Yoakum. Demerits: 28. Improper cold-hold temperature. Wash hands before putting on gloves. Do not keep cellphone on food preparation table. Cover food in the walk-in. Use food-grade bags for food storage. Date-label cooked and ready to eat foods in the walk-in. Label spray bottles and bleach water. One facility or equipment violation.
Subway, 601 E. Broadway St., Cuero. Demerits: 24. Need to have hot water. Wash hands properly before putting on gloves and handling ready-to-eat foods. The hot water is not working. Need to have paper towels at back hand sink. Employees need to be educated as to the importance of using hot water. Need to post a permit. Four facility or equipment violations.
Dragon House, 202 S. U.S. Highway 77A, Yoakum. Demerits: 22. Need to use soap to properly wash hands. Employee drinks need to be in spill-proof containers. Store raw meat below cooked and ready-to-eat foods. Keep time documented on food kept at room temperature. Need soap at hand-washing sink. Mechanical dishwasher needs repair. Two facility or equipment violations.
J and J Drive Inn, 602 S. Third St., Ganado. Demerits: 18. Label the ice bags. Dispose of out-of-date dip and medication. Date-label the lunch meat and sausage rolls. Thermometer needed in deli cooler. Need a 2013 permit. Two facility or equipment violations.
El Charrito Express No. 2, 623 Broadway St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 17. Need to use gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods. Keep time recorded on food that is kept out at room temperature. Hand sink was full of towels. It must be accessible at all times for proper hand-washing. Need to wash, rinse and sanitize all dishes in the three-compartment sink. Two facility or equipment violations.
Four Seasons Restaurant, 1005 N. Virginia St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 14. Cover all items in cooler; dry ingredients in storage need to be discarded because of holes in the bags. Need to date-label food in cooler with a seven-day use-by date. Rodent droppings found in the storage area. Need to clean and sanitize the can opener. Need to seal the holes in the walls. Two facility or equipment violations.
Shell Mini Mart, 4717 state Highway 35, Palacios. Demerits: 12. Ice cream sandwiches need proper labeling and ice bags. Dispose of out-of-date medication. Date-label the lunch meat and prepared food lasting longer than 24 hours.
Calhoun County Adult Detention Center, 302 W. Live Oak St., Port Lavaca. Demerits: 9. Fix leak under the three-compartment sink. The ice machine needs to be cleaned. Three facility or equipment violations.
Pizza Hut, 1201 W. Grand St., Yoakum. Sanitizer bucket needs to be 50 to 100 ppm. Mechanical dishwasher needs sanitizer to be between 50 and 100 ppm. Need a 2013 food establishment permit. Three facility or equipment violations.
Carancahua Bay Cafe, 3753 N. Highway 35, Palacios. Demerits: 6. Paper towels needed at hand sink. Need a 2013 permit. Two facility or equipment violations.
Mi Tierra Mexican Cafe, 401 Lott St., Yoakum. Demerits: 6. Need thermometer at table top. Two facility or equipment violations.
Henry's, 411 W. Main St., Cuero; Village Lolita Venture Inc., 11943 Farm-to-Market Road 1593, Lolita; Dairy Treet, 312 W. Grand Ave., Yoakum; Sonic Drive In No. 3751, 706 U.S. Highway 77A, Yoakum. Demerits: 3.
Arndt's Sausage Processing, 95 Boehm Road, Cuero; Smolik's, 523 S. Esplanade St., Cuero; Circle R Drive-In, 8945 Farm-to-Market Road 1593, Lolita; Big Bear Shrimp and Seafood, 2241 N. Highway 35, Port Lavaca; Chaparral Motel, 2086 Highway 35 N., Port Lavaca; Mayo's Tacos, 404 Dunn St., Yoakum; Rusty Rooster, 604 U.S. Highway 77A, Yoakum; Stevens Nursing Home, 204 Walter St., Yoakum. Demerits: 0.
No re-inspections were reported for this week.